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Introduction to Fungi Identification

Introduction to fungi identification

About this course

We are delighted to announce that we will be again running a full-day introduction for fungi/mushroom identification course this autumn. The course is currently being planned to take place in a limited number of counties in 2023. This is not a foraging course - edibility will not be a focus - however, identification is the single most important skill anybody considering foraging for edible mushrooms.

Courses will be led by Kerry Bowness, who will be joined by Jesper Launder for the Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire and Gloucester dates.


After this course you will be able to

  • identify a selection of key fungi genera

  • understand what to look for when identifying mushrooms/fungi

  • avoid common pitfalls

  • explore habitats more effectively

  • appreciate the importance and role of fungi to ecosystems

  • begin to use guide book more efficiently

  • recognise some of the terminology used by mycologists

  • start to understand scientific naming 

  • enjoy your time outdoors more with your new skills


The course will involve a mixture of classroom and field work, and will include course literature, equipment and field guides. It will be focused on the use of macroscopic techniques - those that use the human eye as opposed to microscopic or lab analysis. Lunch will be provided at some venues and be included in the courses fees.

These sessions are ideal for those starting out into this fascinating subject, or for those who feel frustrated when trying to identify from guidebooks alone.

"You have explained things to me in a way that I understand and can use. I thought I was useless at identification but now I am able to work through it and name species. This was the most important fungi course I have attended. Thank you!"


Mushroom identification


Finished for 2023. Dates for 2024 will be released in summer 2024. These are autumn only courses due to the seasonality of the subject matter


Cost and duration

£200 per person (inc VAT and fees) inc buffet lunch

payment can be split of three equal monthly instalments via PayPal

9.30am - 4.30pm 

Vouchers specified for half-day foraging courses are not valid for this course


Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire, Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire


Varying terrain, mostly grassland, woodland and off track in woodland. Muddy areas are expected

Age limit

Participants must be aged 18 years or older - no children under 18 or babes in arms allowed on this course


Dogs are not allowed to be brought along on this course


All venues have free car parking on site for those participating on the course

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions here

Edibility will not be the focus of this course. This is not a foraging course.

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